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After Turkey-Russia Clash, NATO Shouldn't Derail an Ad Hoc Anti-Terror Coalition

Fyodor Lukyanov | Posted 11.25.2015 | World
 Fyodor Lukyanov

MOSCOW -- An ad hoc coalition created for a special purpose to solve one specific task is a modern approach that has been gaining support since the turn of the century when it was first proposed by then U.S. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld. Consolidation of efforts against ISIS, proposed by Russia, France and even the United States, is an example. Such a team would need no oath of allegiance or common values, but can be quite effective over a short period of time.

DEFIANT: Russia Vows To Continue Airstrikes Near Turkey

Reuters | Alana Horowitz | Posted 11.25.2015 | World

MOSCOW, Nov 25 (Reuters) - Russia will continue air strikes against Islamic State targets located in Syria near the Turkish border, Kremlin spokesman ...

Obama, Hollande Urge Russia To Focus Syria Attacks On Islamic State

Reuters | Kelly Chen | Posted 11.25.2015 | World

WASHINGTON, Nov 24 (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama and French President Francois Hollande pressed Russia on Tuesday to focus its attacks in S...

Turkey Downs Putin's Agenda

Saad Khan | Posted 11.24.2015 | World
Saad Khan

The incident reflects the growing brazenness of the Russians after their much-touted quasi-invasion of Syria. It also indicates the limits of Russian power, contrary to what President Putin loves to boast about.

Putin Is So Mad At Ukraine That He's Bombing Syria

John A. Tures | Posted 11.09.2015 | Politics
John A. Tures

Putin is trying to burnish his credentials as an international tough guy in Syria, fighting ISIS, or at least appearing to do so. In reality, he seems to be directing bombs against dictator Bashar al-Assad's beleaguered opposition these days. He's doing it, because that's just about all he can do these days.

Syria's Assad Is Expendable But Regime's Survival Is Not

Marco Vicenzino | Posted 11.06.2015 | World
Marco Vicenzino

Getting all the key players in the same room for the first time, particularly Saudi Arabia and its arch-enemy Iran, constituted a considerable diplomatic shift in dynamics. However, getting all on the same page remains a colossal, but not insurmountable, challenge.

Russia Sends Missile Systems To Syria To Protect Military Forces

Reuters | Jade Walker | Posted 11.05.2015 | World

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At Least 64 Killed By Syrian, Russian Raids Of Aleppo

Reuters | Benjamin Hart | Posted 10.31.2015 | World

BEIRUT, Oct 31 (Reuters) - At least 64 people, including 28 children, have been killed by Syrian army and Russian air raids in the northern province o...

Parents Say Russian Army Lying About Soldier's Suicide

Reuters | Alana Horowitz | Posted 10.27.2015 | World

 By Maria Tsvetkova GRECHANAYA BALKA, Russia, Oct 27 (Reuters) - The body of the first Russian serviceman confirmed dead in four weeks of air st...

Thanks To Putin, The Battle For Aleppo Is Raging Again

The Huffington Post | Nick Robins-Early | Posted 10.23.2015 | World

Every week, we bring you one overlooked aspect of the stories that made news in recent days. You noticed the media forgot all about another story's b...

What If They Gave a War and Everyone Came?

Peter Van Buren | Posted 10.22.2015 | Politics
Peter Van Buren

What if the U.S. had not invaded Iraq in 2003? How would things be different in the Middle East today? Was Iraq, in the words of presidential candidate Bernie Sanders, the "worst foreign policy blunder" in American history?

U.S. Slams Russia For Assad's 'Red Carpet Welcome'

Reuters | Chloe Angyal | Posted 10.21.2015 | World

ON BOARD AIR FORCE ONE, Oct 21 (Reuters) - The White House on Wednesday slammed Russia for its "red carpet" treatment of Syrian President Bashar al-A...

Why Putin Might Extend Russia's anti-ISIS Operations to Iraq

Samuel Ramani | Posted 10.21.2015 | World
Samuel Ramani

Even though Russian military resources have been arguably stretched beyond capacity by recent interventions in Ukraine and Syria, Russia can effectively weaken ISIS by carrying out a high-intensity, low-cost campaign in Iraq.

Assad Visits With Putin -- In Moscow

AP | Jade Walker | Posted 10.21.2015 | World

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — President Bashar Assad has traveled to Moscow in his first known trip abroad since war broke out in Syria in 20...

Russia, U.S. Sign Agreement To Minimize Risks In Syrian Skies

AP | Adam Goldberg | Posted 10.21.2015 | World

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon spokesman says Russia and the United States have signed an agreement to minimize the risk of incidents as both c...

Syrian Insurgents Shell Russian Embassy During Pro-Russia Rally

Reuters | Chloe Angyal | Posted 10.13.2015 | World

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Insurgents fired two shells at the Russian embassy in the Syrian capital on Tuesday as hundreds of pro-government suppor...

Russian Air Assault Hits Rebels, Helps Assad Regain Lost Ground

Reuters | Chloe Angyal | Posted 10.11.2015 | World

SOCHI, Russia/AMMAN, Oct 11 (Reuters) - Russian war planes pounded Syrian rebels unaffiliated with Islamic State on Sunday, insurgents said, helping ...

A New Cold War or Russia's Quagmire?

Kathleen Miles | Posted 10.12.2015 | World
Kathleen Miles

Much to the chagrin of NATO, Gulf countries and others, Russia this week ramped up its military campaign in Syria, in what has become a war with global implications. Some say it is now a proxy war between former Cold War foes because Russian airstrikes have reportedly hit some U.S.-backed rebels. But U.S. President Barack Obama ruled out a proxy war and is reportedly scaling back his arming of rebels, possibly in an effort to "deconflict" with Russia. Has Russian President Vladimir Putin succeeded in his oft-stated goal of reasserting Russia as a great global power by filling a geopolitical vacuum in Syria? It may appear so in the short term, but Syria could end up being his quagmire as Afghanistan was for the Soviet Union. (continued)

Why Turkey Aims for ‘Zero Problems' With Russia's War in Syria

Behlül Özkan | Posted 10.09.2015 | World
Behlül Özkan

ISTANBUL -- To grasp Erdoğan's seemingly contradictory stance towards Putin requires some knowledge of the system of crony capitalism which has sprung up and flourished -- particularly in the energy and construction sectors -- in both Turkey and Russia. Aware that Turkey will emerge the loser in any confrontation with Russia, Erdoğan and the AKP have pragmatically accepted Russia's geopolitical superiority, while seeking to reap the maximum financial gain in the process.

U.S. Lawmakers Reportedly Probing Spying Lapses In Russia

Reuters | Alana Horowitz | Posted 10.08.2015 | World

By Mark Hosenball, Phil Stewart and Matt Spetalnick WASHINGTON, Oct 8 (Reuters) - Senior U.S. lawmakers have begun probing possible intelligence laps...

U.S. Rules Out Military Cooperation With Russia In Syria

Reuters | Jade Walker | Posted 10.08.2015 | Politics

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Russia Reportedly Strikes ISIS Targets In Historic Palmyra

Reuters | Alana Horowitz | Posted 10.06.2015 | World

BEIRUT, Oct 6 (Reuters) - Russian jets hit Islamic State targets in the Syrian city of Palmyra and the northern province of Aleppo, Syrian state tele...

Praise for Putin Is Misplaced, and Dangerous

Cody Cain | Posted 10.05.2015 | World
Cody Cain

It seems fashionable in some circles to praise Vladimir Putin, the President of Russia, for being some sort of a hero for world peace and justice.

4 Questions That Need to Be Answered Now That Russia Is Bombing in Syria

Daniel R. DePetris | Posted 10.21.2015 | World
Daniel R. DePetris

No world leader sends at least 32 combat aircraft, a couple dozen helicopters, and up to 2,000 advisers into a foreign land in the middle of a civil war if they don't mean business.

Syria Can Be Resolved by International Action

Cody Cain | Posted 10.21.2015 | Politics
Cody Cain

The world community possesses the ability to end the abominable war in Syria. The only question is whether it possesses the will to do it.